• by Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by Dan Stevens
  • 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Where did Roald Dahl get all of his wonderful ideas for stories?
From his own life, of course! As full of excitement and the unexpected as his world-famous, best-selling books, Roald Dahl's tales of his own childhood are completely fascinating and fiendishly funny. Did you know that Roald Dahl nearly lost his nose in a car accident? Or that he was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury's? Have you heard about his involvement in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924? If not, you don't yet know all there is to know about Roald Dahl. Sure to captivate and delight you, the boyhood antics of this master storyteller are not to be missed!


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Perfect Audiobook, but NOT FOR KIDS

I loved this book when it first came out in paperback, but this was a whole new and fabulous experience thanks to stellar, pitch-perfect narrator Dan Stevens. ANY adult reader would love this and find it a page-turner, but I really think Audible has mis-categorized it as a kids' book for 8-10 year olds. Of my three sons, two would have been traumatized (at age eight) by Dahl's recounting of the grotesquely sadistic corporal punishment he received and witnessed at every public and private school he attended as a boy. One of the reviewers I follow, E. Wagner, was right when she called this book Horrifying and Delightful. It is definitely both! But the delightful overshadows the horrifying, and I'm sure I will listen again. I've already purchased the next in this short series, Going Solo.
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- Gretchen SLP

Horrifying and Delightful

Reader Dan Stevens does a splendid job bringing mean-spirited candy-shop owners and bull-headed prefects to life in these memories of Dahl's childhood. He captures Dahl's voice beautifully-- bubbling with the dark humor and pranskter-pleasure that are such powerful ingredients in all Dahl's writing. I found myself recounting bits of this book to friends and family, and I very much look forward to listening to "Going Solo" soon.
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- E Wagner

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2013
  • Publisher: Listening Library